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The isolated morphemes, syllables, and phonemes, in the worked text often assume a musical significance that transcends syntactic and semantic meanings. (Berio well knows that information about a speaker's emotional state is carried more by non-verbal features - prosodie and paralinguistic - than by verbal. ) The following variety of language use (oral behaviour) can be observed in Berio's setting: 1 / two-three-four-five-word continuities taken from a normal reading of the text ('give me a few words,' 'to build a house,' etc); 2 / two (or more) words that establish additional patterns of coherence ('sing to me,' 'to be,' 'allowing us to be,' etc); 3 / breaking up of a word into its phonemic components ([t] [r] /uth/); 4 / construction of words not in the text from phonemes in the text (we, sin); 5 / mixtures of words and nonword syllables: [utal] be few /co/ to /co/ be words (these sounds and words to be repeated quickly in a random and slightly discontinuous way); 6 / combination of syllables without semantic meaning 35 Berio's Sequema III (/ta/ ka be ...
This predictability also includes the tendency of a gradual loss of the initial speech block. This may indicate that an inhibitory tendency has been overcome. Between subdivisions 11 and 22 the weight gradually shifts from Cl and c3 events to c4 events with a parallel increase in intelligibility during the c4 events. The passage between subdivisions 22 and 30 comprises the most powerful expression of cl, c3, and C5 types in a profusion of affects and contrasts, the performance of which demands a staggering degree of vocal virtuosity.
As the piece begins, we are trying to guess the nature of the affective states portrayed and their causes, the changes of moods, the patterns of interaction, and the environ- 42 Alternative voices ment. Despite, or perhaps because of, the largely a-semantic pseudo-speech, we find it possible to identify group attitudes, such as agreement, disagreement, dominance, submissiveness, sincerity, lying, persistence, hesitation, fatigue. Certain sustained group attitudes and tendencies can also be sensed.